Fishing Dreams are captured in extra ordinary photography - Ren'e Palmer sent this perfect picture to me in the 90's. This exquisite Norwegian Salmon fell to spey rod and an early Godfrey Reel. Note the aluminum frame used on all reels of the 80's and 90's; the solid drag design is working just fine . . . to this day!

salmon reels

The first Godfrey Salmon Reels were introduced back in the early 1980's and featured great line control and power to handle Grande Cascapedia Salmon. The Drum Drag System in Godfrey Custom Reels is like that of Arthur Kovalovsky, the great salt water reel maker and patent holder. The drum is braked by a circular external brake pad or pads - the Kovalosky grand design.

Originally, reels were of the standard aluminum frame type, but by 1999 it was time to improve the frame with addition of beautiful "wedding band" style nickel silver bands. Other modifications included nickel silver fitting throughout and inclusion of super hard aluminum bronze main bearings - last perhaps forever!

This has been a long and uncompromising quest for design improvement yielding a full-function, elegant, and modern interpretation of the traditional Atlantic salmon reel with a rare sense of scale reminiscent of vom Hofe.

Godfrey Salmon and Steelhead Reels are now available in both geared retrieve and non-geared retrieve.

  Both Geared and Non-Geared Designs

  Lighter weight for modern design rods

  Powerful drag with 10-position adjustment

  Line control with 1.9 : 1 geared retrieve

  Elegant narrow-frame construction

  Convenience of single screw take down

Custom Salmon Reels

The Steelhead Models:   Rio Grande, Deschutes, and Babine have all the features of the Custom Salmon Reels, but are narrower and spec'd for 20 lb braided backing.

The Salmon Models:   For over 30 years the Godfrey Salmon Reels have caught thousands of Atlantic salmon around the world. The Custom Salmon Reels are designed to provide more than adequate backing capacity, simply choose a Custom Reel to match your salmon rod line designation.

  Salmon reel Exceptional Norwegian Salmon with Godfrey Multiplier

Steelhead and Salmon Reel Specifications
 Model       Line Capacity  * Frame Width Reel Weight **     Price -
    Price -  Non-Geared
Rio Grande WF-7 Wt. 150 yards backing     1.46 inch    8.8 ounce    $2,795.00    $1,955.00
Deschutes WF-8 Wt. 150 yards backing     1.56 inch    9.0 ounce    $2,795.00    $1,955.00
Babine WF-9 Wt. 150 yards backing     1.66 inch    9.2 ounce    $2,795.00    $1,955.00
Light Salmon WF-8 Wt. 200 yards backing     1.85 inch    9.6 ounce    $2,795.00    $1,955.00
Salmon WF-9 Wt. 200 yards backing     1.95 inch    9.8 ounce    $2,795.00    $1,955.00
Heavy Salmon WF-10 Wt. 200 yards backing     2.05 inch    10 ounce    $2,795.00    $1,955.00

    *  Steelhead reel backing: 20 lb.     Salmon backing: 30lb.
    **  Specified for the Geard Reels.     Non-Geared Reels - less 1 oz.


salmon reel


Handle Knob:
vom Hofe Case:
Models in 7 to 10 weight:
Steelhead and Salmon Reels
Specify Gear or non-Geared and
left hand or right hand wind
Black or Ivory White
Hand fitted to reel - $275.00

All Godfrey Salmon Reels are come with a traditional draw sting bag with shearling padding. Also included is the warranty and maintenance paper with recorded Reel Serial Number.

Spools are hand fitted so consider extra spools in your initial order.
  Single Spool . . . $300.00
  Two Extra Spools . . . $500.00


Call Ted for information and to Order: